Lighting For Entertaining

With fewer of us enjoying the luxury of a separate dining room, the kitchen is as much an entertaining space as a practical space. If you’re hosting a Christmas or New Year’s dinner or drinks, lighting is key to changing the atmosphere from prep time to party. 

Set the Table

You need good, shadow-free task lighting for cooking and ambient lighting for dining, so it’s best to consider your lighting at planning stage to maximise opportunities. Ideally, all your lights should be controlled separately so you can switch off your bright task lighting when it’s time to sit down and relax.  If your lights are already installed, then use brighter bulbs for the food prep and cooking area and softer bulbs over your dining table for a simple and immediate fix.

Light Drama

 Consider not just your choice of lights but also how you use them – hanging a series of pendants low over the table is an interior designer’s trick to help create dining zones in working kitchens. Scale is also key and for a touch of drama, always go large.  With its pared-down lines and robust yet elegant silhouette, our Diner Pendant is a super-sized take on the traditional box light, with its length creating a similar visual impact to a row of pendants.  

Flattery Will Get You Everywhere

Don’t forget choice of materials - opal glass and bone china in particular emit a beautifully ambient glow. Just like candlelight, everybody looks wonderful under a row of bone china or opal glass pendants!  If you want to transform your lighting scheme without any instillation costs, cleverly chosen directional floor lights such as our Task Overreach provide instant illumination exactly where you need it. Even if you’re fortunate enough to have a fully integrated lighting system, floor lamps and wall lamps – along with pendants – help create a layered lighting scheme, which is key to bringing personality to your entertaining areas.

Dual Purpose

Lights that can be moved, adjusted or angled will allow you to direct and control the spread of light where you need it – or don’t. Look out for clever multi taskers that can do a multitude of jobs, such as our Christie rise and fall pendant. The ultimate lighting solution for combined eating, cooking and entertaining spaces, rise and fall pendants allow you to vary height and lighting effects thanks to the adjustable counterweight and pulley mechanism.  Simply raise high for a broad spread of light and lower when you’re looking for a little more intimacy. 

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